Times are changing everywhere in the world as new forms of media are being developed at an amazing pace; quite simply put, advanced media has never been easier to access or easier to use. This technological revolution is reshaping such things as the music industry. Years ago if you were a singer or a member of a band and you wanted to get noticed, all you had to do was go to a studio and record a demo and then send it to a bunch of different radio stations and producers.
Those times have passed and with the evolution of social media, new forms of video and the internet, the competition is keen and it is harder than ever to get noticed by a music professional. If you really believe you have the talent to make it in the music business, don’t give up and try these things that will improve your chances of getting noticed by someone who is important in the music industry.
1. Don’t make a Demo CD: Make a Music Video
These days it is important to not only make your music stand out, but you or your bands look has to stand out too; there are lots of talented people out there and often times this is what makes the difference between you getting noticed or not. Record a music video and shape your image so that there is nothing typical about it; do what you can to make sure you are different than your competition.
For example, there were several bands that had as much talent as the popular heavy metal rock group Kiss, but the outrageous way they dressed and acted made them get noticed more than these other groups that were as talented as them. You don’t have to look so outrageous if it doesn’t fit your style, but you do have to be creative and make something unique about you or your group.
A little special dancing of your own design as you sing and perform too is always a good way to get noticed in your video too. Think of what “Gangnam Style” style did for Psy and come up with something unique and catchy.
2. Keep on Rocking
Some things have not changed in the music industry. The age old adage that the more gigs you play or the more you sing the better the chance you will be noticed still applies today. It is just another way to put you or your band out there and hope that you get noticed by someone in the industry or word of your talent will spread to someone who can make things happen for you. Volunteer to play gigs, enter contests, play impromptu sessions at a local park or volunteer for a charity event. All these things will get you and your name out there and get you noticed if you are talented enough.
3. Don’t just be a Singer or Musician – Be an Entertainer Too
As was mentioned before, there are just too many talented people in the world these days and just being a good singer or musician is not going to get you where you want to be in the music business. You need to develop a certain flair for the way you perform in order to get noticed by a professional talent scout. Think of the unique style that Pete Townsend had when he played the guitar and sang; he used his head movements and lanky arms to create a style all his own that stood out. Another example is Miley Cyrus’s daring image makeover with the wrecking ball video that changed the entire course of her career and image.
4. Don’t Stand Still
Any music industry professional will tell you that the best way to get noticed is to not only have talent but to actively market you or your band as much as possible too. Take advantage of social media and post your music video’s on YouTube, announce where you are playing on Twitter and Facebook and post videos there too. Knock on as many doors as you can; breaking into the music business takes time and dedication and those that do these things are the ones that get noticed and make it in the music world.
Combine your talent with this advice here and you have as much chance as anyone of getting noticed and making it into the world of music showbiz.